SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – As many of us know Springfield is the birthplace of basketball and one weekend every year basketball’s best are celebrated here. This is the Hall of Fame’s annual Enshrinement weekend.
The Class of 2014 is ten members strong and they will be enshrined forever in the Hall of Fame Friday night. All eyes in the basketball world are on Springfield for the next two days.
“We’re from the Boston area so it’s a great opportunity to come to the Hall of Fame to see some of the great stars here like Alonzo Mourning,” said Newton’s Frank Antonellis.
The class of 2014 is in the city waiting for a moment they’ve been dreaming about their entire lives.
“It’s a tremendous honor, it really is, when you think about the history of the Hall of Fame and all that contributed to it over the years, just to be a part of history, it’s a blessing,” said Class of 2014 member Alonzo Mourning.
The most powerful man in basketball these past three decades wasn’t even a player. Former NBA Commissioner David Stern is also a member of the Class of 2014.
“It’s an illusion, the power resides in the game and the owners, it’s a unique position to be Commissioner,” said Stern.
Other notable members of the class of 2014 include Mitch Richmond, Gary Williams and Sarunas Marciulionis. Even when there isn’t a superstar or a Celtic being enshrined, the hall of fame ceremony still draws basketball fans to Springfield.
“We’re just huge NBA fans, last time we were here was about 8 years ago when Charles Barkley, Dominique and Dumars got inducted. We had a great time and wanted to come back,” said Edward Strizhiver of Somerville.
There is a private dinner for the Hall of Famers Thursday night and the Enshrinement ceremony is Friday night at Symphony Hall.